Your Opinion on Forgotten Manners

Our church youth group held an etiquette dinner at our home this week for 19 teenagers. They were served a nice meal (on “real” plates and multiple utensils!) of pumpkin soup, salad, focaccia dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, stuffed pork chops with apples and cranberries, and sherbet for dessert. The host taught proper table manners that they could practice during the courses.

While teaching young children manners through books or clubs is valuable, the time of being a teenager is a time to teach through practice. If you haven’t read the Rules of Civility that George Washington wrote as a teenager, they are worth a look.

Overall, most enjoyed the dining experience but probably for very different reasons. One teen’s comment of feedback was “I would rather not eat with etiquette.”

Aside from the opinion on whether or not we like to use manners or proper etiquette, “manners ease the stress of communal living, and mannerly behavior recognizes the right of others to share communal space.”

Will you tell me what you think? Please leave a comment about your experiences with good or bad manners and answer the poll about which manners we may be losing through the generations.

Which manners are the most neglected?

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2 Comments

  1. eh
    Feb 29, 2008

    I had a hard time deciding between please and thank you and time…finally chose the time because it seems so few people care that they are actually on time.

  2. LJ
    Mar 2, 2008

    I think good manners of all kinds are an important thing to remember in today’s busy world. They sooth the irritations of a hurried day and allow the spirits of those you associate with to feel at ease. Being treated with proper respect and manners can even calm flared tempers.

    Teens learning to use good manners find it an aid in winning friends.

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